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The Modified Alternate Assessment Participation Screening (MAAPS) Consortium included the departments of education from Arizona, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, along with researchers from Arizona State University, Rutgers University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Discovery Education Assessment, with the shared purpose of creating a multipart screening system for identifying students who would be eligible for an alternate assessment based on modified academic achievement standards (AA-MAS). The MAAPS System included electronic screening tests to predict proficiency in reading and mathematics, as well as a measure of opportunity to learn (OTL) essential academic objectives. The primary goals of the MAAPS Consortium were to (1) develop tools to facilitate educators’ accurate assessment for participation decisions for students with disabilities, (2) evaluate the validity and consequences of the participation decision-making tools, (3) apply the MAAPS system for students with disabilities to determine its utility and likely conseqences, and (4) disseminate knowledge learned from the development and implementation of the MAAPS System. The primary outcomes of this project were a new measure of OTL (i.e., My instructional Learning Opportunity Guidance System or MyiLOGS) and an objective process for developing a screening assessment to predict end of year test performance.

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